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Oral history interview with Blanka Rothschild

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0307 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0057

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Blanka Rothschild, born August 19, 1922 in Lódz, Poland, discusses her forced labor in Wittenberg and her acts of sabotage; being beaten as Allied forces entered Wittenberg; her difficult experiences during liberation; the behavior of Russian soldiers towards women; going back to Poland; Polish citizens’ attitude towards returning Jews; traveling to Germany; daily life in Germany; immigrating to the United States; living with family members in Detroit, MI; moving to New Jersey; her survivor’s guilt; her religious identity; getting married and starting a family; how her wartime experiences affected the way she raised her daughter; her views on Israel; sharing her Holocaust experiences with groups of people; why it is important to speak out about the Holocaust; and her feelings on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Interviewee
Blanka Rothschild
Interviewer
Regina Baier
Date
1999 July 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation